The breast plate of twelve gemstones worn by the Hebrew Priests as described in the Bible has been the subject of much speculation. However, as a crystal guardian I offer the suggestion that the stones enabled the wearer to experience an expanded level of energies to facilitate communication with the higher realms and thus to assist the “word of the Lord” to be ministered to the petitioner.
It is believed that the twelve stones, representing the 12 tribes of Israel, were:
The first row: ruby, chrysolite, and beryl; the second row: turquoise, sapphire and emerald; the third row: jacinth, agate and amethyst; and the fourth row: topaz, onyx and jasper.
The Urim and Thummim, two other stones that were sewn on to the inside of the breastplate, performed a similar function, assisting the response to a specific question written down and placed behind the Urim and Thummim.